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New manager Claude Puel aims to bring some consistency to Leicester.

A roller coaster few years for the midlands club have seen them win the Championship title, stave off relegation against the odds and become Premier League champions, bringing Champions League football to the King Power Stadium.

But the cycle has seen Leicester begin to struggle again, with Puel replacing Craig Shakespeare as manager following a six-match winless run in the league which left them in the relegation zone.

Puel wants to find the right balance to put the club back on an even keel.

“Leicester is still a young club that is evolving, it’s not long since they were promoted from the Championship,” said the former Southampton boss as he addressed the media for the first time on Friday.

“I think the team need confidence and a little more consistency. This club has lived fantastic moments in the past few years, winning the Premier League and playing in the Champions League. And low moments again perhaps at the beginning of this season, but it is important to find a good consistency and balance.”

Michael Appleton won both games during his short spell as caretaker manager, with the win at Swansea lifting Leicester out of the relegation zone and the victory over Leeds putting them in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Claude Puel took charge of Leicester training on Friday.

Puel, whose first game in charge is at home to Everton on Sunday, wants to maintain the momentum Appleton has built and says his assistant has an important role to play during the early part of his tenure as manager.

“We will try to keep the confidence and the feeling of the last two games without changing a lot of things, because it is important to keep the habits from these games,” said Puel.

“It is important to take points and to come back if possible in the top half of the table and step by step work with the players and improve the quality of the team.

“That is why it is important to work with Michael Appleton as he knows very well the team and the structures. It is important for me to have a trainer who can help me with the relationship with the players as it helps prevent bad decisions.”

Puel also confirmed that Pascal Plancque, who worked with him at Southampton, would be joining him at Leicester.

“Pascal is the same importance as Michael — he is a good person also like Michael and a good trainer,” said Puel.

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Roma have been charged by UEFA after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

A statement from UEFA read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma (3-3), played on October 18 in England.”

UEFA said the charge was “racist behaviour (monkey chants),” adding: “This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body” on Nov. 16.

Germany defender Rudiger left Roma for Chelsea last summer, having previously expressed his frustration at a failure to tackle racist incidents which saw him targeted.

Rudiger was subjected to abuse from Lazio fans during a derby earlier this year, while he also was the target of a racist insult from Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic in December.

Lulic was banned for one game and fined €10,000, while Lazio were not punished at all for the fans’ chants, and Rudiger said he was not satisfied.

“I just want justice. I want FIFA or the FA in Italy just to suspend those people who do that,” he told multiple English newspapers in July. “Those people need to be banned from the stadium or fined. You cannot even put yourself in my position of how that feels.”

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Borussia Dortmund have made an impressive start to the Bundesliga season.

Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund are aiming to entertain RB Leipzig when they meet on Saturday, according to head coach Peter Bosz.

Dortmund are the only undefeated side in the upper two tiers of German football this season and have gained 19 points from their first seven Bundesliga matches.

BVB have also not lost a league match at the Westfalenstadion since a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in April 2015 — a run of 41 games — and will look to continue that record when they host last season’s Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig in what could be their first real test of the domestic season.

“I really like to watch RB Leipzig play,” Bosz told his prematch news conference. “They’ve got good players, they like to attack, they apply a lot of pressure. But we’ve also got good players, and it’s important we have the better team tomorrow.

“We want to get the game in our hands as soon as possible. We want to attack, score goals, and play good football for our fans.”

Dortmund will be without four of their five full-backs against fourth-placed Leipzig, with Erik Durm, Raphael Guerreiro, Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek all sidelined with injuries.

Bosz said it is possible that his side may change to a three-man defence as a result.

“There are not many left who can play in that position. But we will manage it,” Bosz said.

Up front Dortmund have no injury concerns, but only welcomed back United States international Christian Pulisic and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday after the duo both failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia with their respective countries.

“It’s always difficult for the players when they have not qualified,” Bosz said.

Bosz said that Aubameyang was disappointed when returning to Dortmund and that he “could imagine that’s also the case with Pulisic.”

He added: “That’s one side. The other side is that you always have to keep going.”

Meanwhile, Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that Timo Werner will be part of his matchday squad on Saturday.

The attacker resumed training this week after a neck problem had ruled him out since last month’s Champions League defeat at Besiktas.

There had been suggestions in the media that Werner could miss out on the trip to the Westfalenstadion, but Hasenhuttl said: “Timo Werner will be in the squad against Borussia Dortmund.”

When asked about Dortmund’s run of 41 consecutive home games without a defeat, Hasenhuttl said that his side face a “juicy challenge.”

Elsewhere, a row between Dortmund police and BVB supporters planning a march to the Westfalenstadion as part of a protest against Leipzig, who are funded by soft drink manufacturer Red Bull, has caused some disturbances in the build-up to the match.

Police had urged the BVB fan group to register the rally, but the supporters failed to oblige to the request and, according to local paper Ruhr Nachrichten, police have now opened an investigation.

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Antoine Griezmann was heavily linked with Manchester United over the summer.

The French star was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford during the transfer window.

However, Griezmann decided to stay put at Atletico Madrid, rubbishing talk of his exit early in the summer.

Many thought the forward was eyeing a switch to England but was persuaded to stay in La Liga for one more season, simply until Los Colchoneros were no longer under a transfer embargo.

However, according to team-mate and former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis, Griezmann never envisaged leaving the club.

“[Griezmann] is a kid who speaks very clearly. Often players talk when they feel they are not being valued as they deserve,” Luis told El Mundo.

“Then they get more attention. He would have had many offers from many teams.

“A player of his size wants to be up with the biggest in terms of contract and value. And that is fair as Griezmann is doing great here.

“In the end, for all the talk about other clubs, he always wanted to stay here and he is still here, happy and liking it.

“For sure, he can stay much longer. We hope the fans understand this and everything gets back to normal, although he has been scoring goals, and goals cure everything.”

Griezmann’s release clause is reportedly set to be lowered in January when Atletico can begin to sign players once again.

However, it is unclear whether the Red Devils will return with an offer for the 26-year-old.

Romelu Lukaku, who United signed for £75 in the summer, has hit the ground running since joining the club.

Jose Mourinho’s men are flying at present, remaining unbeaten in all competitions so far this season.

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Barcelona have said they are in a position to pursue their interest in Philippe Coutinho in January after having bids for the Liverpool playmaker rejected in the summer.

In a long-running transfer saga, Barca did not give up their pursuit of the Brazil international until deadline day, when sources told ESPN FC they claimed to have been asked for €200 million.

Liverpool turned down three Barcelona offers but denied asking for €200m and said Coutinho was never for sale.

However, Mundo Deportivo reported on Wednesday that Coutinho has an agreement with Liverpool that will allow him to leave Anfield in the winter window.

“We are [financially] prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January,” Barca CEO Oscar Grau said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“What we want is to have the most competitive squad possible. We will look at [signing players], even if there aren’t any sales.

“The club will remain sustainable, we don’t want losses and we have to continue to look for ways to generate income.”

Liverpool's Brazil international Philippe Coutinho remains a Barcelna target.

In the days leading up to the August transfer deadline, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said he wanted more quality to be added following the sale of Neymar.

Although the club did not make any signings following his comments, Grau said they would back him in the January market.

“The club is in a position to give them the best team possible, which is what we want,” he added.

“The club is in a very solvent, positive position. We are doing things sensibly. What we want — and what we are achieving — is for our teams to be as competitive as possible.”

Grau announced a predicted record revenue of €897m for this season, an increase of €189m on last season, partly thanks to Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.

“We’re presenting figures for this season which are the highest of any club in the world,” he said. “No other teams — not even in the NBA or the NFL — reach these numbers.

“The club is on track to reach its target [of generating €1bn a year] by 2021.”

Grau stressed that he did not want to answer questions about the political situation in Spain and the consequences an independent Catalonia could have for Barcelona and their revenue.

However, he confirmed that the club wanted to remain part of La Liga regardless of the outcome of Catalonia’s push for secession.

“The budget is done on the basis that we continue in La Liga,” he said. “I believe that Barcelona and La Liga have to go hand in hand.”

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Arsenal are set to be without Shkodran Mustafi for Saturday’s Premier League match against Watford as the defender’s thigh injury continues to be assessed, according to widespread reports on Tuesday.

Mustafi suffered the muscle problem while on international duty with Germany against Azerbaijan as the holders secured their place at the 2018 World Cup on the back of 10 straight qualifying wins in Group C.

Coach Joachim Low said the defender had suffered a severe muscle injury that “will probably force him to have an extended layoff.”

While Mustafi will be absent at Vicarage Road, the full extent of the injury is still being assessed.

Shkodran Mustafi joined Arsenal from Valencia in the summer of 2016.

Nacho Monreal is expected to be available, but Laurent Koscielny has been nursing a troublesome Achilles which flared up before the international break, while Calum Chambers is recovering from a groin problem.

Rob Holding, who played against Brighton alongside Koscielny, and veteran German Per Mertesacker are other options to come in for Mustafi.

Arsenal, though, could be boosted by the return of playmaker Mesut Ozil from a knee injury and also England forward Danny Welbeck, who has now resumed full training after a groin problem sustained during the goalless draw at Chelsea on Sept. 17.

Following two defeats from their opening three Premier League matches, Arsenal are unbeaten through seven outings in all competitions, with four successive victories.

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Former AC Milan owner and president Silvio Berlusconi has criticised the Serie A club’s current management and coach Vincenzo Montella for the way things have gone since he relinquished control in April.

Berlusconi spent over three decades in charge of the Rossoneri before selling up to a group of Chinese investors.

They committed over €200 million to the purchase of 11 new players in the summer transfer window, but back-to-back defeats have left them languishing in seventh place, nine points off the pace of league leaders Napoli and seven adrift of city rivals Inter, whom they meet next weekend.

Berlusconi says there has been a distinct lack of a cohesive plan in his successors’ actions, and he does not believe Montella is making the right decisions either.

“Milan have a place in my heart for the rest of my life and all I want is to see the club at least do well, and this is my biggest regret,” he told Il Corriere della Sera. “It’s disappointing. The team’s not working.

“I don’t understand their summer transfer activities. Never before have a club signed 11 new players. With all that money, couldn’t they have bought a top player?”

Montella is trying to form a new team from the new tools placed at his disposal over the summer, but recent results confirm it is a more difficult puzzle than he might have imagined.

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Berlusconi admits he was never a fan of Montella — and did not want to appoint him in the first place — while his team selection and choice of captain has only reinforced his impression that he is not the right man to coach Milan.

“I wanted [Cristian] Brocchi to continue, but I was in bed in hospital, between life and death, and [my family] told me [they were appointing] Montella,” said the 81-year-old.

“Explain to me how players like Suso and [Giacomo] Bonaventura keep ending up on the bench. They are two of the most technically gifted players. How does he expect to get the wing play and the crosses into the area? To score goals, they should instead be making the most of their quality.

“Then the captain’s armband was given to somebody who, for years, has been a Juventus icon. There’s [Riccardo] Montolivo and he should be given the armband.”

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti does not share Berlusconi’s views on the current Milan coach, though. He had Montella as a player at Roma and has followed his coaching career closely ever since, and he rates the 43-year-old highly.

“I know him well,” he told Mediaset at the announcement of a new club sponsor in Milan. “He always wanted the ball so that he could resolve things by himself. Now, he needs the help of others too, but he’s used to being involved in big matches.

“He’s somebody I’ve always admired and I’ve always kept a close eye on what he has done as a footballer and as a coach. He’s a great person with quality and he knows how to do his job. He’s an opponent of the highest order.”

Montella’s future could nevertheless hinge on how the Rossoneri perform in the upcoming derby, after he was recently given a vote of confidence by Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli.

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Chelsea will continue to support fans’ concerns over the prospect of Premier League matches being switched to Christmas Eve for live television.

Sky are reportedly considering moving fixtures back a day from Dec. 23 to fill its allocated Sunday afternoon slots.

The Premier League games selected for broadcast over the festive schedule are set to be confirmed on Oct. 16.

Arsenal are set to host Liverpool on Saturday, Dec. 23, while Chelsea are currently scheduled to head to Everton. It has been suggested both games could be chosen for live coverage.

Before the international break, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called on Sky to seriously the consider the implications of scheduling a match on a date which he believes fans will have no appetite for.

“I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night,” he said.

Press Association Sport reported Arsenal are mindful of the issues hosting the match on Christmas Eve would present, both in terms of staffing at the Emirates Stadium, such as the guaranteed number of stewards needed for a match to be granted a safety certificate, as well as the obvious disruption for all the supporters.

Earlier this week, the Chelsea Supporters Trust, backed by fellow fans’ groups across the Premier League clubs, made its feelings on the matter clear, saying “football on Christmas Eve is unacceptable and is a step too far.”

On Friday afternoon, Chelsea posted a statement on the club’s official website expressing sympathy for the objections, which have been taken up with the Premier League.

“The Chelsea Supporters Trust wrote to the club this week expressing its objections to fixtures being scheduled to be played on Christmas Eve, an idea they are opposed to ‘due to the inherent travel difficulties and disruption to what is regarded as sacrosanct family time,'” the Chelsea statement read.

“The club is sympathetic to our supporters’ objections and it is a subject we have raised with the Premier League.”

The statement was later taken down from Chelsea’s official website.

PA Sport reported the club believe the statement made their point. Chelsea will continue to discuss the concerns of supporters with the Premier League as and when appropriate.

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Mats Hummels has said that his bosses at Bayern Munich have asked him for the lowdown on his former coach Jurgen Klopp as the German champions step up their search for a new manager.

Hummels, 28, won the Bundesliga with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund in consecutive seasons in 2011 and 2012. The central defender progressed through all of Bayern’s youth teams but made just a solitary league appearance in his first spell before opting to join Dortmund — initially on loan and then permanently in 2009.

Following eight-and-a-half years at their biggest rival, he rejoined the Bundesliga champions on a five-year deal last summer for a fee of €35 million.

Liverpool boss Klopp has been linked with the vacant position at the Allianz Arena, but former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann have also been linked to the vacancy left by Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked following Bayern’s 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mats Hummels won the Bundesliga twice at Dortmund with Jurgen Klopp as manager.

“I’m following Jurgen Klopp really closely because of the seven years we had when he coached me at Borussia Dortmund,” he told Sky Sports. “I was really happy when he had a good start this year, but right now it looks a little tough for him and the club.

“But he and the team will get out of this situation, it’s not too bad but it’s not as good as they wanted it to be.”

Hummels revealed he was happy to vouch for Klopp’s qualities as a prospective manager but insisted he was in the dark over Ancelotti’s successor. He also admitted he didn’t know where his employer’s stood on Tuchel as a candidate either.

Hummels said: “Regarding Munich, they talked to me and asked me something [about Klopp] and I said my opinion.

“But I don’t know if [Tuchel] is the most likely candidate for the job, or if there is one or two others. I have no idea.

“I will be as curious as all of us, reading newspapers to see what’s going to happen.”

Hummels denied on Monday that he had any involvement in the sacking of Ancelotti, saying he was not a “Kingslayer” after reports suggested he was one of five players who had turned against the Italian.